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NJ Teens Compete in PDFNJ's Statewide Substance Abuse Prevention Music Competition

March 9, 2015


Contact: Matt Scuteri

               Media Coordinator

               Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey

               Phone: (973) 467-2100 x24

               E-Mail: matt@drugfreenj.org

New Jersey Teens Compete in 
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s Statewide Substance Abuse Prevention Music Competition 

NEWARK – High school students from across New Jersey will be participating as finalists in the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey’s (PDFNJ) 11th Annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs competition. The concert will feature 38 students performing their original prevention themed music and lyrics at the concert. Each finalist was selected out of entries submitted from high school students across New Jersey. Click on any finalist below to listen/learn more about their music.

County and wildcard finalists are:


Atlantic County



Bergen County

Sari Abolafia

Mickayla Sujkowski (wildcard finalist)


Burlington County

Alana Walker


Camden County

Destiny Truitt

Victoria Evans (wildcard finalist)

Briana Johnson (wildcard finalist)


Essex County

Dominant Collective

East Side Modern Music (wildcard finalists)

Jonathan Johnson (wildcard finalist)


Hudson County

Silent Rooms


Mercer County

Emily Kim


Middlesex County

Amyrah Campbell


Monmouth County

Meredith Stankus


Morris County

Sarah Kertesz

Liz & Kaylee (wildcard finalists)


Ocean County

Brigid Harrington (People’s Choice Online Vote Winner)

Hector Rodriguez

Gerardo Garcia (wildcard finalist)


Passaic County

Matt Rief


Salem County

Edward Reynolds


Somerset County

William Ferandez


Union County

Chris Mendoza & Sehmon Burnam


Now in its eleventh year, the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs music competition challenges high school students to create original music with lyrics that contain powerful peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention messages. The finalists are invited to perform at the competition which will be held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, on April 17, 2015.

According to PDFNJ Executive Director Angelo Valente, the finalists are selected through an online vote and judging panel and represent 14 New Jersey counties. All of the finalists will compete for $10,000 in music contracts to perform their winning song at PDFNJ statewide events. This year’s prevention concert is sponsored by the New Jersey Broadcasters Association, Comcast and 1450 WCTC Radio. The 2015 concert will be hosted by WCTC radio personality, Bert Baron. WCTC will also air a one-hour special on the New Jersey Shout Down Drugs following the prevention concert.

www.shoutdowndrugs.com, features profiles of this year’s finalists and allows the public to cast votes for their favorite songs. These results will be factored into the finalists’ scores on the night of the concert.  Online voting will begin on March 9, 2015 and ticket sales are open until April 16, 2015. Tickets to the concert are free of charge, but must be reserved at www.shoutdowndrugs.com.  

Finalists’ photo and interview opportunities are available upon request

Best known for its statewide anti-drug advertising campaign, the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is a private not-for-profit coalition of professionals from the communications, corporate and government communities whose collective mission is to reduce demand for illicit drugs in New Jersey through media communication.  To date, more than $70 million in broadcast time and print space has been donated to the Partnership’s New Jersey campaign, making it the largest public service advertising campaign in New Jersey’s history. Since its inception the Partnership has garnered 120 advertising and public relations awards from national, regional & statewide media organizations.


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